It’s baaa-ck!

The Irish Centre’s Leprechaun Sheep Race fundraiser is returning for another year.

But after chaos hit last year’s event when two of the hardboard sheep were stolen, organisers have announced this year will not involve animals.

The evening of Friday, July 1, will host a Leprechaun Bed Push Race in support of the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.

Organiser Paul Callaghan says he hopes the unusual sight of leprechauns pushing beds will draw even bigger crowds than last year, which raised £3,700 for Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust.

The event will also feature a raffle and auction to provide the Hospice with a well-deserved cash boost.

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“We did one last year which was Leprechauns on sheep.

“We’re doing it in aid of the hospice following on from last year, which was in memory of a local man Colin Murray. We did really well on the night, but when someone stole the sheep it gained a lot of publicity.

“We’ve had requests to do it again so this time we thought we’d do something a bit different.

“It’s like a framework with six tracks on it and the leprechauns will be mechanically moved along. People can bet on them while we’ve got some great auction prizes donated by local companies to help raise money. We’ve got all the ingredients for a really great night.

“Every penny will be donated to the Hospice.”

Tickets for the event are £5 and can be bought at the Irish Centre or from the Hospice at Brackenhall.